What did Jose Mourinho do on his first day at Manchester United? Start negotiations with his transfer targets? Try to convince Ryan Giggs to remain at the club? Meet all the staff he will be working with?
Well, he may have done all three of those jobs but there was another bizarre thing he did on his first day in the job.
Phone Port Vale’s chairman regarding their vacant manager's role.
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Of course, Mourinho wasn’t interested in moving from Manchester United to Port Vale but he gave Norman Smurthwaite a call to recommend a friend for the job.
Smurthwaite and Port Vale are on the lookout for a new boss after Rob Page left to join Northampton and Mourinho put forward a Portuguese acquaintance.
The chairman of the League One outifit has listened to Mourinho’s advice and has given the coach an interview for the role.
But Smurthwaite admitted that he thought it was somebody winding him up when he received the call from ‘The Special One.’
“Up until recently I thought it was a wind-up,” he said, per Daily Mail.
“But the people who were supposed to be contacting me have done so.”
More important jobs
Of course, Mourinho has some far more important roles than phoning a football league club in the coming months before the start of the campaign.
He is tasked with getting United back to the top of English football after three underwhelming campaigns since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club.
The Red Devils finished 15 points behind champions Leicester in last season’s Premier League and their fifth-placed finish meant they must make do without Champions League football next campaign.
To get them back to the top, Mourinho will likely be given a hefty transfer budget to sign players in the transfer window. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one player that has been heavily linked with a move to the Theatre of Dreams in recent weeks.
The pair worked together for one year at Inter Milan where they won Serie A and the Swede looks set for a reunion with Mourinho when his contract expires at Paris Saint-Germain in July.
But one man that looks like he is on his way out of Manchester is Giggs.
The Welshman has been Louis van Gaal’s assistant manager for the previous two seasons but his 29-year association with the club is set to end with Mourinho bringing in his trusted right-hand man Rui Faria. It’s understood that the former winger was offered a lesser role at the club but it appears that he wasn’t willing to take a step backwards as he looks to embark on a managerial career.
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